If you’ve just been surprised by an unplanned pregnancy, you might be weighing your options. Let’s face it: being pregnant doesn’t always mean you are ready to be a mom. It’s hard to think that as much as you love your baby already, you might not feel ready to become a parent right now and may be considering giving your baby up for adoption.
It’s important to make your decision based on what your life is like right now. Making an adoption plan for your baby is such a loving choice, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a hard one to make.
Today, Lifetime is giving you 5 questions to ask yourself if you’re wondering “is adoption right for me?”
As you think about adoption, ask yourself these 5 questions:
1. Am I ready for parenthood for the rest of my life?
2. Right now, would I be able to provide for my baby’s emotional, financial, and physical needs?
2. How would having another baby affect my ability to care for the children I already have?
4. Would I depend on my parents’ help for babysitting all the time?
5. Do I feel ready to become a single parent? Will the people who say they will help me actually help in the future?
When you’re giving your baby up for adoption, you can select the parents for your baby based on your own criteria. For example, you can pick a couple who lives in a certain area, has the same religious beliefs as you, has similar interests…the list goes on and on. Plus, you’re able to choose how your child will be raised. Lifetime has a selection of hundreds of waiting adoptive families to choose from!
As you get ready for delivery, you can design your own hospital adoption plan. In it, you can decide if you’d like to name your baby, see him or her, and have some alone time with them. Then, as your child grows up, you can choose to get updates on him or her through emails, letters, social media, and visits. These updates will let you know that your child is growing up strong and happy, surrounded by a loving family. You’ll always be an important part of your child’s life.
When you’re giving your baby up for adoption, it is important to make an adoption plan. By making an adoption plan, you’re able to pursue your career or education goals, while at the same time knowing that your child is cared for in every way. That’s not to say that adoption is the right choice for everyone. You need to really evaluate what you’re ready for, and decide if that’s enough for your baby.
It’s important to get as much info as you can so that you make a loving, intelligent, and fully-informed decision for your baby. Click here to request a free download our
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As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.
Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.
As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.